Bookbinding: Make a Coptic Stitch Book Premium class

Caleb Sylvest, Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

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16 Videos (1h 23m)
    • Intro

      1:49
    • Materials & Tools

      7:27
    • Folding Signatures

      2:12
    • Cut Book Board

      4:27
    • Cover Paper

      8:24
    • Cover Flaps

      6:20
    • Endsheets

      5:42
    • Punch Signatures

      5:13
    • Punch Cover

      4:35
    • The First Stitch

      4:44
    • Complete the First Signature

      4:27
    • The Second Signature

      7:14
    • The Third Signature

      6:11
    • The Last Signature Part 1

      5:04
    • The Last Signature Part 2

      7:59
    • Outro

      0:51

About This Class

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Learn the art of book binding! In this online class we will learn the techniques and process of making a one-of-a-kind handmade coptic stitch notebook. The course will cover the nitty-gritty details of taking raw materials and forming them into a functional book, as well as covering tips on craftsmanship and production.

Coptic Stitching is the most popular form of book binding. Coptic Stitching is one of the easier forms of stitched bindings, making it a great way to start learning, and it is one of the most intriguing with an exposed spine and intricate, visible stitching pattern.

Why Book Binding?

So, you're probably thinking book binding sounds like an unusual hobby. Well, you're right! After all, we live in an industrial society where every item we use is mass produced; and while a handmade has become a novelty, most people would never consider making their own books. That's why I want to invite you to join the cool kids! This class is for anyone with a sense of adventure and lover of learning. I will teach you the skills to create excellent quality Coptic Stitch books, become better craftsman, and have fun along the way.

Next Steps!

I have been making and selling books for years, producing a variety of binding styles, but Coptic Stitching is by far my favorite. I want to share my expertise and skills with you, and hopefully have fun too! My goal is to turn each student into an expert book binder, teach you enough to be self sufficient, and introduce you to terms and techniques so you have the ability to explore new book binding techniques on your own.

What You Will Learn

  • Materials & Tools. We will cover materials and tools needed, where to find them, and brands and tips to keep an eye out for.
  • Process. We will cover the step-by-step instructions of making a handmade Coptic Stitch book.
  • Tips & Tricks. Throughout the class we will talk about tips to improve craft, work more efficiently, use our tools better, and be awesome!
  • Ideas & Alternatives. We will discuss alternative ways to make books, materials to use, and how to make things new and exciting.

Materials We Will Need

We will need to gather some materials before we get started. Below is a general list of materials, we will cover the material list in more detail at the beginning of the class.

  • Paper
  • Chipboard
  • Glue
  • Decorative Papers
  • Binding Thread
  • Mattress Needle
  • X-Acto Knife & Blades
  • Metal Ruler
  • Pencil

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Great introduction on coptic stitch bookbinding! Caleb provides very clear, easy to follow instructions. I was always a bit intimidated by the stitching, but after going to this course, I feel that it wasn't so difficult. Thanks for creating this fun course, Caleb!
Creating your own book is a great way to put some love into an important tool for learning or recording important information. I hope to make a nice bundle of these coptic books and give them to family members for Christmas. Of course I'll keep some for myself :) Thank you!
Great Class!!! You're a great teacher, easy to follow

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Caleb Sylvest

Designer, Developer, Maker of Things

My name is Caleb Sylvest, I’m a guy that likes to make things. I am a Designer & Developer living and working in Dallas, TX. To me design is a way of life and I like to incorporate good design in everything I do.

Bookbinding is a hobby I discovered and have practiced for years. I love the process of taking everyday items (paper, glue, tape) and crafting them into a functional, beautiful book. I have spent years studying the art of making books and learned many techniques, including perfect bound, pamphlet, coptic, Japanese stab stitching and more. I have made books to sell, give as gifts, for personal use, and for decorative display.

Why buy something when I can make it myself?

My Classes on Skillshare:

Make a Perfect Bound Notebook
Make a Coptic Stitch Notebook
Make a Pocket Sized Notebook

Each class covers a different bookbinding technique. All classes function as stand-alone courses, but you will find many binding methods have similar steps.